Amaravati: Yuvajana Sramika Rythu Congress Party (YSRCP) leader and former Andhra Pradesh Minister YS Vivekananda Reddy died of cardiac arrest on Friday. He was 68.

The former Lok Sabha member took his last breath at his residence in Pulivendula town of Kadapa district. He is survived by wife and a daughter.

The younger brother of former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy and uncle of YSR Congress party president YS Jaganmohan Reddy, Vivekananda was elected from Kadapa Lok Sabha constituency on Congress party ticket in 1999 and 2004. He was twice elected to Andhra Pradesh Assembly (1989, 1994) from Pulivendula.

Elected to Andhra Pradesh Legislative Council in 2009, he had also served as Agriculture Minister in Kiran Kumar Reddy cabinet.

He remained loyal to Congress when Jaganmohan Reddy raised a banner of revolt against the party for not picking him as the successor of his father.

Vivekananda contested 2011 bye-election to Pulivendula constituency against his sister-in-law and Jagan’s mother YS Vijayamma, who contested as YSR Congress candidate and won the seat with a huge majority. Later, he quit Congress party and joined YSR Congress. In 2017, he lost elections to the Legislative Council.

(Inputs from IANS)